The Wind



The wind brings with it the flavor of moist land
The touch of the vast desert and the sand.
It carries with it the moisture of the ocean
And the memories, nostalgia, and dreams of men.

It brings the longing for home
Whispers and secret messages for some.
It delivers men's kisses to their wives
And eases fear from hearts scared for their lives.

It speaks of tales untold
Legends of the brave and the bold.
It talks of following your heart
Fearing not and making a start.

Sometimes it brings back the ghosts of the past
Things, thoughts, that might not long last.

It's the voyager's best friend
Accompanies every nomad till the end.


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Queeristan by Parmesh Sahani

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  Queeristan (Amazon Link) Thanks to Audible Free Trial I listened to this amazing non-fiction on LGBTQ inclusion in Indian workplaces. Author Parmesh Sahani identifies as gay Indian, working closely with Godrej higher management and employees for years to create an inclusive workplace, both legally and in spirit. This book is a result of those years of experience, research, collaboration with individuals from difference spectrum of the society and organizations who has successfully transitioned into a queer friendly one.   Indian history is inclusive. From the Khajuraho temple architectures, to Konark to the Rig Veda, there is existing proofs even 2000 years ago of Indian inclusiveness of queer. It’s the draconian British law that criminalised it, which was scraped in 2009, came into effect once again following a sad judgement in 2013 and eventually was scraped off for good in 2018. I am in awe of the lawyers who fought this legal battle- colleagues and partners – Arundhati Katju

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